Radwan Dabaja: Evolution and the Holy Quran #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Bachelor degree in biology and certified analyst in geographic information system (GIS).

Abstract: Evolution has long been misunderstood by religious scholars and as a result, they misinterpreted the Holy Quran based on this misunderstanding. However, there are many verses that provide evidence of evolution throughout the Holy Quran. The views and opinions expressedin this video are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Muslimish. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors or speakers are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

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Imam Dr Achmat Salie: Science a nuanced Islamic balance between 2 extremes #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Dr Imam Salie has a BA in Higher Education with majors in Biology and Physics. Salie’s academic preparation also include a degree in Islamic jurisprudence, and two PhDs. He is passionate about eco-spirituality, inter and interfaith, peace and social justice,  humilities- failures-, suicide prevention, and displacement studies. Salie speaks and understands several languages including classical Arabic, Afrikaans, Dutch and Flemish He has lived in Michigan for more than 20 years and spoken about Islam on five continents.

Abstract: There is a unique balance between modern fascists that selectively deny facts (calling them fake news) and science and those who worship science replacing it with religion. The Islamic wisdom tradition uses science as a complement to revelatory sciences. Science as a two-edged sword could destroy or bring comfort and convenience or devastation and disruption. There is definite place for science in Islam if it is anchored in compassion, conscience, integrity, inclusivity, and ethical principles and values. Muslims and Arabs have contributed greatly to all sciences (the hard- and difficult sciences) and civilization without editing out the sacred. The use of the latest technologies and sciences alone are not a gaurantee for peace, humanity, empathy, and dignity to all; too often, the most scientifically advanced nations orchestrated the worst human disasters; some writers have, therefore, written about the myth of progress. The views and opinions expressedin this video are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Muslimish. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors or speakers are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Sohail Ahmad: Defining Terms, Exploring Paradigms #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Sohail Ahmad is an activist in the ex-Muslim space. He holds a bachelor of applied science in Systems Design Engineering with an honors in Economics. In his capacity as an activist, Sohail is engaged in both community organizing and public outreach. Sohail has been a Toronto Chapter Lead for both Muslimish and the Ex-Muslims of North America while also engaging in online activism under the alias ‘Reason on Faith’. His public activism has a simple mission: To challenge the theological underpinnings of Islam most often through the lens of modernist apologetics, such as those coming from movements like the Ahmadiyya, into which he was born. To that end, Sohail released his inaugural YouTube video in May of 2019, where he came out publicly and for the very first time. It’s a two-and-a-half hour documentary style presentation touching upon why he left, theological problems with Islam, and where we might go from here.

Abstract: The question of coexistence as regards science and Islam, or of science and any other religion for that matter, has always come down to how we define terms. Something that is both obvious and subtle. Of course, this question has been raised before. It’s also been answered before. Yet the answers have been, and will continue to be, all over the map. In this talk, Sohail Ahmad unpacks the science and Islam question by defining terms to illustrate how our presuppositions can and do, yield vastly different answers to this age old question.

End Blasphemy Laws Today

On 30 September, International Blasphemy Day, #EndBlasphemyLaws #BlasphemyNotACrime #BlasphemyDay

A quarter of the world’s countries and territories (26%) have anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and more than one-in-ten (13%) countries have laws or policies penalizing apostasy.

According to Pew research, laws restricting apostasy and blasphemy are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, where 18 of the region’s 20 countries (90%) criminalize blasphemy and 14 (70%) criminalize apostasy. While apostasy laws exist in two other regions of the world – Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – blasphemy laws can be found in all regions, including Europe (in 16% of countries) and the Americas (29%).

The 14 countries that have the death penalty for blasphemy are all countries with Islamic law: Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

66 countries have blasphemy laws: Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Comoros, Cyprus, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (It used to be 71 but Canada, Denmark, Greece, Malta and New Zealand have dropped blasphemy codes from their books recently.)

On 30 September, International Blasphemy Day, let’s stand with blasphemers across the globe.

Blasphemy is not a crime; it is an integral part of freedom of expression and conscience. #EndBlasphemyLaws #BlasphemyNotACrime #BlasphemyDay

https://tinyurl.com/y65xpvld

#IAmSohailArabi #Iran

https://www.en-hrana.org/tag/sohail-arabi

#IAmSinaDehghan #Iran https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/iranian-man-sina-dehgham-death-sentence-insult-islam-muslim-line-messaging-app-arak-prison-amnesty-a7658466.html

#IAmPeymanMirzazadeh #Iran

Kurdish prisoner of conscience flogged 100 times for blasphemy

#iAmSaharEliasi #IAmMohammadNouri #Iran

Young Man Facing Death for Insulting Islam Online Tricked into Signing Confession

#IAmSherifGaber #Egypt

#IAmShahabMurtadhaGhafouri #Kuwait

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/8/7/instagram-influencer-arrested-over-blasphemous-comedy-skit-in-kuwait

#IAmMohamedRusthumMujuthab #Maldives https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/2019/09/demanding-the-unconditional-immediate-release-rusthumrussso/

#IAmAbdulInyass #Nigeria

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35241608

#IAmTaimoorReza #Pakistan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook

#IAmAyazNizami #Pakistan

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/03/pakistani-twitter-users-call-for-hanging-of-blasphemer

#IAmShafqatEmmanuel #IAmShaguftaKausar #Pakistan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shafqat_Emmanuel_and_Shagufta_Kausar_blasphemy_case

#IAmAhmedAl_Shamri #SaudiArabia

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-man-sentenced-death-atheism-ahmad-al-shamri-hafar-al-batin-appeal-denied-a7703161.html

#iAmRaifBadawi #SaudiArabia

Marking seven years since the arrest of Raif Badawi

#IAmMahmoudJamaAhmed_Hamdi #Somalia https://samaynta.com/index.php/2019/05/04/university-professor-in-somalia-sentenced-to-2-1-2-years-in-prison-for-facebook-post-arguing-that-praying-to-god-for-water-is-not-a-viable-tragedy-for-managing-drought/?fbclid=IwAR3CENO2Mf9aCqTLeW5ULAYnw2-5GUQrKiqzdotNNae2BoFbKef__Med-Co

#IAmJabeurMejri #Tunisia

https://pen-international.org/news/tunisia-blogger-denied-pardon

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Sami Ab

Harris Sultan

Wissam Charafeddine

Mohamed Hisham

Muhammad Syed

Sarah Hdr

Center for Inquiry

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Cemal Knudsen Yucel

Rishvin Ismath

Rana Ahmad

Omar Makram

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Zara Kay

Gita Sahgal

Richard Dawkins

Ateizm Derneği

Ex-Muslim Somali Voices

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